I have Silkie and Ameraucana eggs in the incubator. Last night, Day 20, an Ameraucana hatched out. It hatched sometime after we left for church at 6:30 PM and returned around 8:45 PM. We had not noticed any pips before this time! It appeared as though it had just hatched, laying there, listless for awhile, heart pounding away and breathing fast. It also looked like the back end of it was covered in goo. There looked like there was a small glob of "egg white" in the shell. I have never seen this before, but I figured it is the same stuff on the chick. I thought it might dry and flake off some, but it's still plastered to it. I am worried that it is covering the vent hole and might prevent the chick from being able to go poo. Do I open the bator and get that one out, and wash it off and put it back in or do I just leave it alone? I have another Ameraucana egg pipped, one with an open hole trying to zip (has been like this since 5:30 AM) and what looks like 4 Silkie eggs pipping. Some of the pips are on the side and under side though and I don't know if that is a good or bad thing! I don't want to ruin the hatch by opening if I should not, nor do I want the other chick to suffer because I did not wash it off. It seems to be not as perky as the second chick that hatched without the goo. So I wondered if it was in some way effected by being plastered over the tail end with the stuff. Humidity right now is about 67%, the temp right around 100. Any thoughts on what I should or should not do? I know the general rule is to never open the incubator... I just don't know if this would be an exception or not, and if so, if I put a wet sponge in there if that would compensate. I would love to hear your advice and will check back in soon! Here is the picture of the chick that has the behind slicked down. It's been about 24 hours now since it hatched. You can see a bit of what is plastered on it. What I need to know is do I need to do anything tonight. We still have eggs not hatched out. Thanks!